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Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech shakes crowd

Common and John Legend were not the only two who used their minute long acceptance window for social change. Patricia Arquette who was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress took the stage by storm. During her feminist free-style Arquette demanded gender equality “once and for all.”

After many thanks, The Boyhood starlet stated boldly,

To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

With the recent race riots and gay marriage equality uprising in the United States this past year some critics did not appreciate the comparison. No struggle is more important than another but there are certainly different scales of suffering. Nevertheless, her words were still moving and quite necessary. So necessary in fact that she donned the praises of fellow Oscar winner Meryl Streep, pop star J. Lo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who responded, “I think we all cheered at Patricia Arquette’s speech at the Oscars, because she’s right – it’s time to have wage equality.” 

-Nia S. Vaughn
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